Mornington Crescent Now Open
Ramona - the band that never meant to be a band. Ramona began as a creative outlet for producer/engineer/guitarist Dave Fritz. When he wasn't engineering or playing guitar in other live acts he was recording demos at home. He finally decided to commit five of the songs to an EP with the sole intention of giving a few copies away to friends and family. Dave started to take Ramona more seriously when others began taking unsolicited interest in the project. Upon hearing the song 'A Way Over' bass player Matt Trotter insisted Ramona begin performing live and that he be part of it. Dave's former band mate Jeremy Knowles, who had already contributed to the EP, hopped on board as drummer. A superb talent in her own right, keyboardist/vocalist Elliot Caroll was the only person to reply to an online advert posted by the band. As fate would have it she was also the missing piece that fit perfectly into the Ramona puzzle. The completed Ramona line up had a finished EP, secured a record deal and filmed a music video long before they had even played a single show together. Ramona's debut EP 'Mornington Crescent Now Open' was recorded by Dave in Toronto at Savile Row studio. Inspired by classic 60's mod bands, the EP was a conscious effort to make a recording that was rough around the edges and organic. A sonic departure from the heavily produced rock albums that dominate the music scene in North America. The EP will be released in Japan this spring, a "hat-trick" of sorts, as it marks the third Japanese release Dave has been involved with in the last two years. The first was the posthumous release of 'Wact - The Anthology", the band Dave played with in England during the 1990's and most recently as engineer/producer/guitar player and backing vocalist on Junior Achiever's "All The Little Letdowns" which was followed by a seven-date tour of Japan supporting Columbia recording artists Shakalabbits. Dave's friendship with Shakalabbits resulted in the bonus track 'Kids In Tokyo'. The song was inspired by the audiences that Dave played to while in Japan and his new found love for the country. Shakalabbits' drummer Mah was so moved by the sentiment that he agreed to play drums on the song at a studio in Japan while Dave finished the rest of the song in Toronto. With the upcoming release of 'Mornington Crescent Now Open', the official video release for 'A Way Over', tour dates adding up, and work starting on a follow up EP, 2010 looks like it's going to be a very busy year for the band that wasn't meant to be.